This book features case studies from teachers, leaders and educational professors on inclusion in schools. Using a conception of inclusion that acknowledges issues of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, religion and ability, this book provides readers with a useful blend of theory and practice. Each case is situated in a school setting and offers readers opportunities to learn about the complexities and challenges associated with issues of exclusion and to develop practices that support inclusion.
Exclusion in schools and societies--exceedingly various in its forms and targets--can be particularly difficult to interrupt when routinized and normalized, or as we see increasingly today, when masked by false claims to democracy. As educators and leaders strive toward inclusion in the most robust and complex sense, we need look no further than this collection by Griffiths, Ryan, and colleagues that magnifies the complexities, contingencies, and contradictions of doing so. The refusal to oversimplify that defines the vast array of richly detailed cases only pushes readers further to grapple, question, dialogue, and imagine.
Kevin Kumashiro, author of
Case Studies for Inclusive Educators & Leaders is a thought-provoking collection that collectively illustrates the diversity of what inclusive education means in various contexts. Each case goes beyond telling a story—indeed, authors question and critique seldom-interrogated concepts such as leadership, education and context as they seek to understand and explain what inclusion looks like in 21st century schools. Chapters offer a sophisticated mix of theoretical exploration and practical applications. Recommended for educational leaders, faculty in leadership preparation programs and professional development providers.
Professor Jeffrey S. Brooks, Associate Dean, Research and Innovation, RMIT University School of Education